My mother is 91 and received a stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis. After a mastectomy, she was supposed to have 30 radiation treatments. After the first week, she had a bad reaction to the radiation. In addition to the bright red burn marks over her chest, neck, and shoulder inside the field markings , there was a speckled pink rash covering the entire back and front of her upper body. Nothing brought relief from the burning, itching areas which worsenend with each succeeding week. Ice packs and a steroid pack brought temporary relief. "Alta" was the only suggested cream. Her doctors kept saying to "press on", even though her skin is now raw and extremely painful after what is now 25 treatments. She does not sleep well because of the extreme pain. Yesterday, after applying an ice pack to relieve the pain, I tried to put some burn ointment on, and her skin started bleeding in the area most burned. I called her radiation oncologist to tell him we are "throwing in the towel": she can't endure any more treatments. His reply was to take a four-day break before continuing the final five treatments. Have many patients my mother's age been given this much radiation? Her doctors appear to only look at the magic number, 30 treatments, instead of the condition of the patient's body. Any suggestions? Help!